Bukmacher

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Klub Graczy: Runners as they were known who would go around the neighbourhood collecting wagers from clients in their houses, with the local hotel, in back streets and so forth. Cockies short for Cockatoos who be put in positions of high points and other keen viewing advantages to warn Runners and Bookmakers of approaching law authorities.

Of course this was all illegal though the authorities were slow to do something and would not realise the magnitude of income being generated with this activity in the racing industry. The truth is police often turned a blind eye for this as it seemed harmless and was basically the SP bookmaker(bukmacher) supplying a service towards the public.